1852
Potter Palmer founds the original dry goods store on Lake Street that will later become Marshall Field’s.

1865
Palmer joins forces with Marshall Field and Levi Leiter to create Field, Palmer, Leiter and Company.

1867
Field and Leiter buy out Palmer and rename the firm Field, Leiter and Company.

1868
Field and Leiter relocate the store to State Street.

1871
The Great Chicago Fire burns the original Field, Leiter and Company store down.
Field, Leiter and Company opens the first European buying office of any American retailer.

1873
Field, Leiter and Company reopens at the State Street and Washington Street location.

1877
A second fire burns down Field, Leiter and Company.

1879
A rebuilt Field, Leiter and Company store opens on State Street.

1881
Field buys out Leiter and renames the firm Marshall Field and Company.

1885
Field’s opens the first bargain basement area.

1893
Field commissions Daniel Burnham to design the majority of the store’s current facade.

1897
The famous Great Clock is installed.

1906
Marshall Field dies.

1907
Marshall Field’s begins its gradual expansion into the entire 13-story building that occupies the city block surrounded by State, Washington, Randolph and Wabash Streets, where it remains today.

1941
The 28 Shop opens in Marshall Field’s. It is one of the first exclusive women’s salons within a department store in the country.

1982
BATUS, the U.S. subsidiary of British-American Tobacco, buys Marshall Field’s and adds it to its retail portfolio, which includes Saks Fifth Avenue.

1983
Philip Miller becomes chairman of Marshall Field’s.

1987
A $110 million renovation of the State Street store begins under Miller’s directive, including the installation of escalators.

1990
Dayton Hudson Corp. acquires Marshall Field’s as BATUS divests itself of its retail operations.

2000
Dayton Hudson Corp. changes it’s name to Target Corp.2001
Dayton’s and Hudson’s department stores are all rebranded under the Marshall Field’s name. The chain extends to 62 stores in eight states.

2002
Marshall Field’s celebrates its 150th anniversary.

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